Gary Ferrington

If you are thinking about attending the 2014 OBF Composers Symposium in Eugene this summer, you may be interested in this look back to last year's event to see what first-timers, like me, and those returning for another summer on the UO campus, experienced.

Clare Glackin (USC Thornton School of Music) wrote a wonderful first-timer's Symposium Report that captures the busy schedule and activities in which she found herself engaged. Being a non-composer, I audited the Symposium and wrote about my own experiences in Composing The Future, an article for Oregon ArtsWatch.

Perhaps most important, for many, was the experience of sharing one's work, hearing it performed, and being able to discuss it with colleagues and guest artists. As composers, performers, and conductors, all participants had a diversity of experiences that helped move their emerging careers forward with confidence. The opportunity to network with over 90 other composers/performers from around the country and beyond was an especially rewarding experience.

Daily 2013 OBF Composers Symposium Facebook postings are still online and give one a sense of the many activities in which participants were engaged.

Meanwhile, check out the 2014 OBF Composers Symposium that features this year: Chen Yi, Composer-in-Residence, Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor and Artist-in-Residence, Fear No Music; Paloma Griffin H├ębert, Director, Duo Damiana; Molly Barth (flute) & Dieter Hennings (guitar). It should be another exciting and amazing summer.

Header Photo: OBF Composers Symposium (2013)
Slide Photos: Gary Ferrington